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Question about my Crucial M500 480GB

sakage.shinga

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Hi guys,

I'm installing a Crucial M500 480GB SSD on my new rig, and I'm wondering if I should partition it. I figure that OS + Apps will take up about 80GB, max 100GB, that leaves me 380-400GB for game installations. I also have a Caviar Black 2TB HDD that will load games that don't benefit from SSD speeds. My question is whether I should partition my SSD (e.g. 80GB for OS, 400GB for games on a separate partition) and use the larger partition as cache for my HDD, or simply leave the SSD untouched.

Scenario 1) SSD holds OS + Apps + Games, unpartitioned. HDD holds rest of games.
Scenario 2) SSD holds OS + Apps on 1 partition, Games on separate partition. HDD holds rest of games
Scenario 3) SSD holds OS + Apps on 1 partition, 2nd partition used as smart cache for HDD. HDD holds all games, but is now a "hybrid" drive?

Thanks for any input!!!
 

clshades

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200 gigs min for an OS imo... doesn't take long to fill it up with software. Rest for games.
 

SugarJ

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Scenario 1 is simplest. I'm not sure you can use only part of a SSD as a cache drive.
 

enaberif

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Honestly whats the point to partioning a SSD even if you could? It literally makes no difference in the end.
 

SugarJ

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really? I didn't know you couldn't partition an ssd?

You can partition it to your heart's desire. I'm not sure it's possible to use a secondary partition as a cache drive for your HDD while using the primary partition as an OS.
 

sakage.shinga

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Here's another question. I'm having second thoughts about the Crucial M500. Would the Samsung 840 Evo 500GB be a better choice in terms of reliability? I know it is noticeably faster than the M500, but honestly I don't really care about that so long as the Crucial isn't dead slow. I care much more about longevity and reliability - which SSD wins? If both are the same, then i might just change over to the Samsung since it can be had for a few dollars less yet is faster.
 

AkG

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Short answer....nope.
Longer answer....hell NO.

The EVO uses TLC NAND. Sure Sammy are claiming its second gen TLC but, IMNSHO tri-level (ie SIX states) is not ready for prime-time and Sammy once again are using peeps as guinea pigs. Give it 2-3 more years before even looking at TLC. Stick with the Crucial. :thumb:
 

sakage.shinga

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Short answer....nope.
Longer answer....hell NO.

The EVO uses TLC NAND. Sure Sammy are claiming its second gen TLC but, IMNSHO tri-level (ie SIX states) is not ready for prime-time and Sammy once again are using peeps as guinea pigs. Give it 2-3 more years before even looking at TLC. Stick with the Crucial. :thumb:
Haha OK, sticking with the Crucial. Thanks!!!
 

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